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What are appendicitis and mesenteric lymphadenitis?

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Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 34 years experience
Remove vs resolve: Appendicitis starts, progresses, with pain in lower right abdomen, fever and signs of infection. Surgeons remove the bad appendix, hopefully before it ruptures. Surgically cured! mesenteric lymphadenitis, different but not easy to tell. Patients feel poorly, pain in the same area, fevers, not as severe or acute as appendicitis. Patients often get an appendectomy, but have benign pathology.
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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 66 years experience
Use antibiotics: Scan of theabdomen can tell whether there is an abscess around the appendix or an appendicolith which would would indicate an inflammatory process in the appendix. If there is no evidence of perforation and white count stable one can attempt to control the picture with antibiotics only.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

How can you tell the difference between appendicitis or mesenteric lymphadenitis?

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Dr. Vance Harris
Family Medicine 36 years experience
They can be similar: Mesenteric lymphadenitis is an inflammation of the lymph nodes in the membrane that attaches your intestine, or bowel, to your abdominal wall. Mesenteric lymphadenitis usually results from an intestinal infection. Unlike appendicitis, however, mesenteric lymphadenitis is seldom serious and clears on its own.
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